CDN wins two CMMA awards
CEBU Daily News brought home two major awards — Best News Coverage and Best Special Feature — during the 38th Catholic Mass Media Awards held at the Philippine International Convention Center, Wednesday night.
A six-part series on the condition of detainees in Cebu jails published in May 2015 won for CDN’s senior reporter Ador Vincent Mayol the CMMA’s Best Special Feature Award.
The 2015 series “Journey Behind Bars” featured the plight of inmates in crowded Cebu jails. The last part of Mayol’s six-part series, “The Prodigal Son Returns,” which tackled reforms pursued by then Cebu provincial jail warden Marco Toral, also won for Mayol the Reporter of the Year award in the 2015 Globe Media Excellence Awards (GMEA).
Mayol also had a second entry that landed as a finalist in the CMMA Best Feature Story Award, “Wrinkled Hope,” which, incidentally, is the entry that won for Mayol the Reporter of the Year award for print in the GMEA 2016 held in Cebu City on Sept. 29. It was the fourth consecutive time that Mayol won as GMEA’s Reporter of the Year.
Stories which he wrote with former CDN editor-in-chief Eileen Mangubat from their coverage of the 51st International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) in Cebu in January 2016 also won the CMMA Best News Coverage Award.
Their winning entries were “Resilient Faith,” “Sacred Walk” and “Go Change the World” published in January 2016.
Mayol and Mangubat personally received their trophies during the awards night.
In his opening message, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle encouraged journalists to make sure that “communications is mercifully done.”
“We hope communication will always be done in the spirit of mercy. We hope every act of communication is mercifully done. This is the only way that could evoke change.”
“At the same time, mercy should be communicated. Mercy should not be hidden,” he added.
Tagle said it is unfortunate that “many merciless things are put out.”
“Sana, ang pagpapakita ng habag, hindi natin itago. At the end, mercy and communication meet in God. Our God is not only dialogue but expressed God’s heart. The heart of God is mercy. Sana maging mabuti tayong communicators of mercy,” he said.
The 38th Catholic Mass Media Awards carried the theme: “Communication and mercy.”
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